www.1919official.co.uk The band was formed in late 1980 by Guitarist Mark Tighe and Vocalist Ian Tilleard. After starting life as Heaven Seventeen, and with early lineups including a pre-Zodiac Mindwarp Mark Manning and Southern Death Cult's Aki Nawaz, the band eventually settled as 1919 - after a book belonging to Tighe, with Nick Hiles on Bass and Mick Reed on Drums. Their intention was "to create a heavy melodic intense dance band with no frills and no intentions". In 1982, 1919 released a 7" white label promo of Repulsion//Tear Down These Walls, and were subsequently invited to record their first session with John Peel in May that year. 1982 would see the single re-released on Red Rhino Records, as well as the single Caged//After The Fall and the LP Machine. In 1983, Bassist Hiles was replaced by Steve Madden, and the band recorded their second and final Peel session on May 4th.  Madden featured on the final recordings of this era, a 7" and 12" version of Cry Wolf//Storm and Cry Wolf//Dream//Storm respectively, which were released on Abstract Records along with the 12" Earth Song EP, released in 1984 after the band's departure. Shortly before 1919 ended, drummer Reed - who went on to form The Hive - had been replaced by Stefan Khacheturian, who was introduced to the band after working with former bassist Hiles in the band ICE. During this period, 1919 had also included Kev Aston (Saxophone) and Sputnik (Synthesizer) at various times as part of their ensemble. Thanks largely to the emergence of streaming sites, the early work of the band continued to generate interest among fans. In 2014, after a chance meeting with Stefan Khacheturian, he and Tighe started working on new material, this time adding just one new member to the band - bass player and vocalist Rio Goldhammer. Their self-released download of Revenge ,and accompanying video, came as a surprise to most fans but was received well. Mick Mercer again rated the track highly, and the band signed almost immediately with Deadfall Management. On April 21st, 2015, 1919 Announced a 3-year deal with German label Crysella Records. The band have announced their official reunion show, headlining Leipzig's Gothic Pogo Festival on Friday, May 22nd, and embarking on the first 1919 shows in over 30 years.